by Carolyne Volpe Curley / Carolyne@WestEssexNOW.com
WEST CALDWELL, NJ - On Saturday, Feb. 24, West Caldwell Police and police from the surrounding West Essex community responded immediately to James Caldwell High School on reports of an individual possibly at the school with a gun.
What follows is a timeline of events which eventually led to the arrest of former student Michael Schmitt, 18, of West Caldwell.
Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018
West Caldwell Police Chief Gerard Paris then released the following statement:
West Caldwell Police was notified
On Sunday, afternoon, Paris then stated the following information about Saturday's incident:
The following notice was then sent out to parents from the school administration:
Dear JCHS Students and Parents/Guardians,
I know many of you have been waiting for additional details regarding yesterday's lockdown and tomorrow's school procedures. I have been in close contact with the West Caldwell Police and here is some of the information that I now have permission to share with you.
After the Parkland shooting, Detective Mazzeo and I decided to meet with every student to review our security procedures and answer questions. We planned to meet tomorrow to develop a schedule because I wanted these meeting to be with relatively small groups to make sure all students are heard. We still plan to have these security meetings, but if any student would like to speak with either of us sooner, please see me or send an email.
I know that despite the assurances of the West Caldwell Police, some students are still nervous about coming to school tomorrow, I hope this additional information makes most of you feel more comfortable and secure. Certainly, the police presence tomorrow will make it one of the safest days to come to school.
As I mentioned in my email on Saturday, I regret that our students had to experience this lockdown, but I am proud of the actions of our students, faculty, administrators, and the West Caldwell Police.
Please contact me with any questions.
James Caldwell High School
While the investigation continues, West Caldwell Police are asking anyone who has information about this matter to contact them at:
Ali Muhammad Brown Indicted Thursday on Brendan Tevlin Felony Murder and Terrorism Charges; Charges Against Co-Defendants Dropped
ESSEX COUNTY, NJ - On Thursday, an Essex County Grand Jury returned a nine-count indictment charging Ali Muhammad Brown, 30, of Seattle with two counts of terrorism, one count of murder and other charges for the 2014 killing of Brendan Tevlin, 19, of Livingston. Brown, a self-described Muslim, is the first person in New Jersey to be indicted under the terrorism statute.
Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray dismissed the charges against two co-defendants, Eric Williams, 19, and Jeremy Villagran, 20, both of West Orange, who were arrested and also charged in August of 2014 with Brown.
“As the investigation continued, evidence was developed,
Ali Muhammad Brown is charged with the following:
The murder took place on June 25, 2014 when Tevlin, home after completing his freshman year at the University of Richmond was shot multiple times while stopped at a traffic light at Walker Road and Northfield Avenue in West Orange. Shortly before the murder, Tevlin contacted a family member to let them know he was on his way home after visiting friends. The investigation into the murder remains active and ongoing.
Brown is expected to be arraigned on Aug. 4, before the Honorable Ronald D. Wigler, Presiding Judge of the Criminal Division.
FAIRFIELD, NJ - Today, Fairfield Deputy Police Chief Anthony Manna confirmed that police are continuing to investigate the attempted armed robbery at the Dunkin Donuts located at 378 Passaic Avenue, Fairfield. According to Manna, the Dunkin Donuts staff locked the take-out window and doors and then hid in a backroom while a male waving a gun was at the window. The suspect then left the area in his car. Reports of the incident came in at about 10:41pm Tuesday evening.
According to police, the suspect is described as:
"His actions were observed by an alert employee of the Dunkin Donuts who
Apparently, the suspect then started to walk towards the drive up window while waving a handgun. As this was happening, the employee alerted his co-workers who immediately locked all of the doors and the drive-up window and then hid in a back room. The suspect then fled in a vehicle.
Anyone with information should contact Fairfield Police Detective Robert Sanger, who is conducting the investigation, at 973-227-1400.
LITTLE FALLS, NJ - Little Falls Police are alerting the public to an incident which occurred early this morning at a 7 Eleven in their township. Reportedly, the individual seen in the video image committed an armed robbery at the convenience store located at 220 Route 23 North, Little Falls.
Sergeant Steven M. Post and Detective Jason Macaluso are seeking the public's assistance with the investigation. They report that the suspect entered 7 Eleven at about 2:20am this morning, and while holding a 12" knife, demanded money from the employee who was the only one in the store.
The suspect took cash from the drawer and was last seen running down Bradford Avenue towards Strickland Avenue.
The suspect is described as follows:
Anyone with information about this incident should contact the Little Falls Police Department Detective Bureau at 973-256-2411.